Starring Charles Bronson as Raymond St. Ives, this tale sees the suave crime reporter investigating burglar Abner Procane (John Houseman). But trouble is never very far away when Ives is around, and he soon finds himself a wanted man as he gets a little too close to the action. A great mid-'70s re-imagining of the crime genre, Bronson is great as the James Bond-alike hero, and receives some neat support from Maximilian Schell, Jacqueline Bisset, Jeff Goldblum, and Robert Englund.
Description by Warner Home Video:
Ex-crime reporter Raymond St. Ives has elegant taste, a yen for gambling and an unfinished novel in his typewriter. When he crosses paths with sinister Oliver Procane, he gets something else: a price on his head.
St. Ives is a hard-boiled update of classic mystery thrillers, particularly The Maltese Falcon. Charles Bronson is smoothly right as the clever title character, at odds with petty crooks and high-rollers, among them Maximilian Schell as a whining lackey and Jacqueline Bisset as a modern femme fatale. But the show is stolen by John Houseman as the devilish Procane, a worthy successor to Sydney Greenstreet. Elisha Cook, Daniel J. Travanti, Jeff Goldblum and Robert Englund are also featured in this sleek, funny caper.